When you walk into a room, it is easy to tell, in an instant, who looks young and who looks old. You can also tell when someone has had a “bad” facelift. Dr. Reiffel has spent a great deal of time studying the difference. His “Artistic” eye has given him the understanding that a “young” person is not an older person “pulled tight.” Understanding the anatomical changes that distinguish the two categories allows him to restore a more youthful appearance without the telltale signs of a “bad job.” By not only removing excess skin, but, more importantly, repositioning the underlying structures that have sagged, sometimes adding micro fat-grafts as needed, he can help restore the shape and contour of a younger person without the typical “done” look. The incisions are so carefully placed that you can even wear your hair up without seeing much of a scar around your ear or in your neck hairline.
Facelifts are most often performed on people in their 40s-60s, but those in their 70s or 80s can have facelifts as well, The procedure is done under local anesthesia with sedation by a board-certified anesthesiologist, so the patient has no pain and no fear and, usually, no memory of the procedure, at all. It can be combined with others (browlift, eyelid surgery, nose reshaping) for more dramatic results, or it can be restricted to the neck (necklift) if the patient’s problems center there.
Results of a facelift do not last forever, but in another sense, the effects are permanent; years later, your face will continue to look better than if you had never had the procedure.